May Hall


      Senior Research Assistant, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences


      Jos Estévez is a Senior Research Assistant in the “Asian Religious Connections” cluster at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS). He is in the last stage of completing his PhD in social anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology of the University of Münster, Germany. His regional specialisation is South-East Asia, where he has conducted long-term social anthropological fieldwork on the role of the Lanten (Yao Mun) rituals experts in Luang Nam Tha Province, Laos, from 2010 onward. His research interests include ritual, cosmology, exchange, social morphology and social transformation, the comparison of ideologies, animism, Chinese religion and Daoism. He is the initiator and director of the projects “A Digital Library of the Lanten Textual Heritage” in Laos, funded by the British Library's Endangered Archive Programme (2016 – 2019), and “The Lanten Oral Stories”, funded by BEQUAL-Laos, the European Union and Australian Aid (2017 – 2020). Currently, he is working in the projects YAODAO and BRINFAITH of the Asian Religious Connections cluster of the HKIHSS.


      Room 112, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3917-8112
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      “The Lanten (Yao Mun) Manuscripts: Intergenerational Ritual Transmission and the Dynamics of Knowledge Reproduction Amongst the Lanten of Laos.” Manuscripts Cultures (forthcoming). Universität Hamburg.

      “On Becoming a Ritual Expert among the Lanten (Yao Mun) of Laos.” In Integrating Strangers in Society: Perspectives from Elsewhere, edited by Jos Platenkamp and Almut Schneider. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019a.

      “Learning Shamanistic Healing among the Lanten (Yao Mun) of Laos.” Global Modernities and the (Re-)Emergence of Ghosts, special issue in Voices From Around the World (2016b). Global South Studies Center Cologne, Universität zu Köln.

      “Healing Rituals and Sorcery among the Lanten (Yao Mun) of Laos.” In Parts and Wholes: Essays on Social Morphology, Cosmology, and Exchange in Honour of J.D.M. Platenkamp, edited by Laila Prager, Michael Prager, and Guido Sprenger. Lit Verlag, 2016a.